As temperatures drop all over the country, heating bills are rising.
Whether you live in a small apartment or huge house, no one wants to spend more money on their heat than they need to. By making small changes in your lifestyle and habits, you can enjoy big savings on your heating bill.
Bundle Up. Don’t rely so much on your furnace to keep you and your family warm! There’s no need to be walking around in a t-shirt when you could put a sweater on and turn the thermostat down. To make it easy for your family to get warm, keep blankets in every room of the house and stock up the closets with sweaters and sweatshirts.
Use Budget Billing. Most energy companies allow you to enroll in budget billing. Budget billing takes the average of your heating costs over the last twelve months and charges you that much on a monthly basis for 12 months. At the end of your 12 months, you either get a credit for any overpaid amount or you have to pay the amount that you underpaid. Contact your utilities company to find out how to get started.
Turn Your Fans Off. If you turn your fan on after getting out of the shower to dry the room, turn it off as soon as you’re done. The same is true if you turn on your oven fan to keep smoke away from the stove. While these fans may not seem to put out much power, they can very quickly drop the temperature of your home. This can make your furnace kick in and work harder than it needs to. Turn fans off as soon as you’re done.
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Keep the Furnace Filter Clean. Furnace filters often fall by the wayside when it comes to home maintenance. However, they can get filthy and clogged very quickly. This causes your furnace to go into overdrive to try to keep your house warm. Check your furnace filters on a regular basis, and clean or replace them whenever they get dirty.
Use a Programmable Thermostat. While a programmable thermostat may be a bit of an investment, it’s one that often pays off. If there are times during the day when no one is home, the house doesn’t have to be as warm as it is when everyone is home. You can set up your thermostat to be at certain temperatures at different points of the day.
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Shrink Wrap Your Windows. You only need shrink wrap and a blow dryer to make this work! Alternatively, you can buy a window insulation kit from Amazon or a home improvement store. By blow drying shrink wrap to the inside of your windows, you can catch drafts and keep them from lowering the temperature of your home.
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